Alumni Hall of Fame
Ernie DeCourley, All-Ohio Valley Conference football tackle, the team’s tallest lineman at 6-foot-5, ranked among the OVC’s top linemen during his two-year MSU career. Lining up as both an offensive and defensive tackle, he was named All-OVC in 1961 and 1962. He culminated his collegiate career by guiding the Eagles to an OVC co-championship while earning OVC Defensive Lineman of the Year.A native of Savannah, Tenn., DeCourley was selected in the seventh round of the 1963 National Football League Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He later settled in Ironton, Ohio, and passed away on June 2, 2006.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Charlie Adkins (67), baseball record holder and a four-year letterwinner for Head Coach Rex Chaney (57), recorded a 1.48 ERA in 1964, an MSU record that stands today. He posted a 12-8 career record and led the Eagles with 55 strikeouts in 1965. He helped MSU win the 1963 and 1964 OVC East Division titles.An Oil Springs High School graduate, Adkins had an illustrious 34-year career as Paintsville High’s head baseball coach. He totaled 805 victories and led the Tigers to the state title in 1990. He retired from coaching in 2005 and passed away on April 21, 2010.
Steve Kazee (02), who has lived and worked in theatre in New York for more than 10 years, received the 2012 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in the musical “Once.” He has had leading roles on Broadway, off-Broadway and at the Lincoln Center Theater.The Ashland native has been recognized for his performances in theatre and television. He was featured on the original cast recording soundtrack for “110 in the Shade,” had starring roles in weekly drama series, and on a comedy sitcom. Kazee has performed on the David Letterman show, was featured in the March 2012 issue of Vogue Magazine and the New Yorker. He received an MFA degree in acting from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
2012 Founders Award for University Service
Rep. Rocky J. Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, (82) will be this year’s recipient of Morehead State University’s Founders Award for University Service.Rep. Adkins received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU, and was the starting point guard on the 1982-83 OVC Champion Eagle Basketball team.In 1986, Rep. Adkins was elected to serve in the Kentucky legislature. Since 2003, the Sandy Hook native has been the House Majority Floor Leader.A 15-year survivor of cancer, he actively raises funds for research by sponsoring an annual golf tournament, “Rocky Adkins Charity Golf Outing – Cure for Cancer” which has raised more than $1.3 million since its inception in 1995.Rep. Adkins was inducted into the MSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004. He has been honored for his public service by many organizations. He is considered a leader in the field of energy independence and has introduced several ground-breaking pieces of legislation.
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